Meet the CDN NextGen Students Attending the AADE Meeting 2019!

Meet our NextGen students who will be attending the 2019 AADE Meeting!

CDN’s NextGen Leadership Program is designed to provide a pathway for young adults to feel empowered to become the future of diabetes leaders in our society and represent the young adult voice in the sector. While attending these national events and conferences, selected students attend sessions in breakthrough research, participate in networking receptions with key stakeholders, and are matched with an expert to serve as a mentor throughout the conference. This mentorship opportunity is funded by CDN’s partnership with the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE).

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Belle Wood
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Belle's career goals are to be a CDE and RDN. She found out about the College Diabetes Network after she experienced discrimination at her college and did not receive the support she needed from Disability Services. She is working to start the first CDN Chapter in the state of Oklahoma. She has had T1D for over 8 years now.

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Dakota Bramble
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Dakota is pursuing a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She was diagnosed with T1D thirteen years ago. She became involved with the College Diabetes Network when she first stepped into the collegiate world and found that working with and helping others in this organization helped with the transition to college. The experience reawakened her passion to raise awareness about T1D.

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Kimberly Sauers
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Kimberly is a nutrition student at Kent State University. She has had type 1 diabetes for almost ten years and loves to learn about how different foods impact the body. Her professional goals include pursuing a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics and eventually becoming a registered dietitian working with kids with T1D. She also hopes to one day become a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and to make a difference in the diabetes community by changing the way people view food.

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Brooke Miller
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Brooke is a rising Junior at the University of Florida studying Nutritional Sciences on the Pre-Med track. Her career goal is to attend medical school and specialize in pediatric endocrinology. She is active in the CDN Chapter at the University of Florida and involved with the UF Diabetes Institute where she serves as a student ambassador. She was diagnosed with T1D when she was 3 years old and has been living with it for 17 years. Ever since she was diagnosed, she has been very involved in the diabetes community whether it has been volunteering in the hospital to visit newly diagnosed patients or writing her children's book, "Dancing with Diabetes.” She was inspired to write the book when her younger brother was diagnosed to help children cope with living with diabetes and to give them hope that they can achieve their dreams.

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Smartine Ostin
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Smartine was born in Haiti and moved to the U.S when she was 8. She's lived in Oregon since then and attended the University of Oregon where she studied pre-med. After her first year in undergrad, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She graduated in the spring of 2018 and has been working at a non-profit pharmacy specialized in diabetes education called the Diabetes Community Care Team. The DCCT differs from a traditional pharmacy because it has a greater focus on diabetes management and mentorship through their BETA program (Buddies Empower Train and Achieve). Her long-term goal is to go to medical school and become a pediatric endocrinologist and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She believes that we need more endocrinologists who are passionate about diabetes.

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Wheeler Davis
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Wheeler is from Raleigh, NC and has been living with type 1 diabetes for eight years. He is a rising junior at Appalachian State University studying cellular/molecular biology.  He aspires to go to Physician Assistant school after he graduates and possibly work in endocrinology. Last fall he co-founded the CDN Chapter at Appalachian State, and he currently serves as vice president.

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Kacey Creel
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Kacey is a food and nutrition major with a minor in Spanish coming up on her senior year at Stephen F. Austin State University. She is working to become a registered dietitian with a certification in diabetes education. She is the founder and president of the Chapter of the College Diabetes Network at SFASU since Spring 2017. Diabetes has been a big part of my life since 2002. She was diagnosed with T1D in 2003 and never let it stop her. She was able to receive her first bachelors in 3 in a half years while helping her softball team win 2 conference champions. She hopes to use this mindset to motivate other T1D’s to do whatever they want to do!